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BMJ. 2014 Dec 11;349:g7094. doi: 10.1136/bmj.g7094.

The Darwin Awards: sex differences in idiotic behaviour.

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1
The King Edward VI School, Morpeth NE61 1DN, UK ben.lendrem@gmail.com.
2
Newcastle University, Newcastle NE2 4HH, UK ben.lendrem@gmail.com.
3
Major Trauma Centre, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle NE1 4LP.
4
Newcastle University, Newcastle NE2 4HH, UK.

Abstract

Sex differences in risk seeking behaviour, emergency hospital admissions, and mortality are well documented. However, little is known about sex differences in idiotic risk taking behaviour. This paper reviews the data on winners of the Darwin Award over a 20 year period (1995-2014). Winners of the Darwin Award must eliminate themselves from the gene pool in such an idiotic manner that their action ensures one less idiot will survive. This paper reports a marked sex difference in Darwin Award winners: males are significantly more likely to receive the award than females (P<0.0001). We discuss some of the reasons for this difference.

PMID:
25500113
PMCID:
PMC4263959
DOI:
10.1136/bmj.g7094
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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